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Until the 17th century, the Acropolis survived largely intact but since then a gunpowder accident, a Venetian bombing and tourists have taken their toll. After the creation of the Greek State, it was decided that a museum was needed to protect the heritage of Ancient Greece. The first museum was begun up on the Acropolis in 1865 but it quickly became inadequate. Finally, in 2007, the new 25,000 square meter (6.2 acre) museum near the base of the Acropolis opened.
Today the Acropolis Museum (Museo Akropoleos) houses original pieces from the temples of the Acropolis, protecting them from further deterioration, while also giving their historical context. In the Parthenon Gallery, the famous marble frieze is recreated with both original marbles and casts of those pieces held elsewhere, such as the Elgin Marbles in the British Museum.
The Archaic Gallery has statues which pre-date even the Acropolis itself, and the Gallery of the Slopes of the Acropolis shows pots, children's toys and other things used by the early settlers in everyday life.
The museum is located in the historic district of Makrygianni, only a few hundred meters from the Acropolis itself. The entrance is on Dionysiou Areopagitou Street. The Akropolis station of the Metro is close to the museum. Trolley and bus routes also pass nearby.
The multi-layered nature of the church gives it a unique shape, rising from the squared-off white chapels on the ground level to the domed church of the Virgin Mary on the top. Don’t miss the chance snap a photo of the church, standing out in brilliant white against the deep blue sky of the Aegean.
Only one of the ground-floor chapels is open to the public.
- On-site facilities include lockers, free sunbeds and parasols, free Wi-Fi, and a selection of cafés and restaurants.
- Coded bracelets are issued to each visitor at the park’s entrance and can be used to purchase items at the shop and restaurants. Payment can be made by cash or credit card at the end of your stay.
- Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult.
- Free parking is available on-site.
- There are swimming areas and activities suitable for all ages, but some slides and activities have height restrictions.
- The park and pools are wheelchair accessible, but not all of the activities are suitable for those with limited mobility.
- Nicknamed the Pompeii of the Aegean, Akrotiri is a must for ancient history buffs.
- The excavations are covered by a protective ceiling structure, which provides shelter from the hot Santorini sun.
- With level, wooden boardwalks overlooking the excavated site, Akrotiri is accessible to wheelchair users.
- Choose between a standard entrance ticket and a multi-attraction ticket that includes access to the Theatre of Dionysus, Ancient Agora, Hadrian's Library, and the Roman Agora.
- Admission lines can take up to two hours in peak summer, so it's best to book ahead.
- The Acropolis provides little shade—bring sunscreen, a hat, and plenty of water if visiting in the summer months.
- Wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking over uneven ground.
- Most areas of the archaeological site are wheelchair accessible; a lift is located on the northwest side.
It's impossible to miss the Acropolis of Athens—you can see it from just about anywhere in the city, and the easiest way to get there is on foot. Alternatively, the closest metro stations are Thesion, Monastiraki, and Acropolis. Ticket booths are located at the foot of Acropolis Hill, on both the north and south sides, from where it's a short walk uphill to the archaeological site.
The Athens Acropolis is open all year round, but it can get extremely busy in the summer months. This is also when Athens is the hottest, with temperatures around 85°F (30°C) in July and August. To avoid the crowds, arrive in time for opening at 8am or after 5pm, when most of the day-trippers and cruise passengers have already left. Travelers on a budget might prefer to visit in winter—ticket prices can be reduced by up to 50% from November to March.
Today, the ruins are regarded as the best-preserved example of an ancient Greek agora, standing to the northwest of the Acropolis between the hills of Areopagus and Kolonus Agoraios. Dating back to the 6th century BC (before which it was used as a residential area), the vast area was originally laid out by Peisistratus and featured an elaborate drainage system, a series of fountains and a temple devoted to the Olympian Gods. Later additions included the temples of Hephaestus, Zeus and Apollo, a series of altars and a concert hall, before the agora was finally abandoned after a Slavic invasion in the 6th century AD.
Today, the fragments of the once glorious marketplace provide important clues to the former political, civic and economic center of the ancient world, most notably the beautifully preserved Hephaiston temple and the shopping center of Stoa of Attalos, which now houses the Museum of the Ancient Agora.
At its height, this was a thriving center, with dramatic sanctuaries hewn into rock, temples, an impressive theater and porticoed administrative buildings. The central area is the Agora, the old commercial hub, encircled by temple sanctuaries ringing the city. There are also ancient cemeteries here, unearthed since the 1960s.
Don’t miss the views over the coast while you’re here.
- Entry to the Acropolis of Lindos is via paid ticket.
- The attraction is not suitable for wheelchair users or those with limited mobility.
- The site is open to the elements and can get very hot in summer—bring sunscreen, a hat, water, and sturdy shoes.
- Enjoy panoramic views over the town and surrounding area.